Looking for a house? There are many ways to find just what you’re looking for, so here are a few ideas to help you get started.
 
Before you look
Visualise what house you’re looking for – is there a specific style you’re after? What look and feel are you hoping for? You can start to get an idea of what you’d like by listing what you do and don’t like about your current living space.
 
Prioritise – what are your minimum requirements, how many bedrooms do you need? Make a list of essential and desirable characteristics and use that when short listing properties you’d like to view.
 
Location – what area do you want to live in? Research the neighbouring suburbs as well. You can also consider what amenities you need close by, the distance to work, family and friends.
 
Where to look
Online – there are online search options including realestate.com.au, domain.com.au and you can view individual real estate agent websites.
 
Newspapers like your local Messenger and the Saturday Advertiser are also good resources.
 
Talk to people – colleagues, friends and family may know of properties in their local area and they can also be a wealth of information if they’ve been through the home buying process.
 
After you've looked
Once you’ve found a house you like, you can arrange to attend an open inspection with the seller. Checkout 5 questions to ask the real estate agent.
 
Once you’re there, it’s also worth chatting to your potential neighbours – see what they think of the property and their general views of the area.
 
If you find more than one house you’re interested in, weigh up the pros and cons of each property and see which wins!
 
Once you’ve made your choice, negotiating with the seller will be the next step. You can find out more by reading our tips on negotiating.
 
Enjoy the hunt!


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